Rio's oldest restaurant, Café Lamas is a must. It's not much to look at from the outside, but the place remains etched in the memory of an older generation for having been the headquarters of the Communist Party, as well as a hangout for artists, journalists, writers, and night owls. Every luminary in Brazil has dined here.
In existence for 140 years, the Café Lamas is still a place of celebration and excitement. The servers still wear bowties and the food is much the same today as always: Brazilian cuisine extolling the virtues of meat. The garlic steak is legendary, as is the filet mignon Osvaldo Aranha inhomage to the politician of the same name, who loved it.
Regulars also order the Cebolas fritas (fried onions) and batata Portuguesa (Portuguese potato). It stays open late: you can stay and chat until three in the morning.
Rua Marquês de Abrantes, 18a
Rio de Janeiro 22230-060
+55 (0)21 2556 0799
Menu: around R$ 95